Post-match comments: Al Ahly lose Super Cup to ES Sétif
Post-match comments following Al Ahly’s loss to ES Sétif in the CAF Super Cup, which denied the Reds their 21st international title.
Juan Carlos Garrido:
The Spanish coach believed that his team were better and felt the Reds did not deserve to lose. “The players missed many chances that could have secured the match for Al Ahly, however, Bassem Ali’s imbalance costed us a goal, yet we were able to come back into the match,” he said.
Garrido also added, “The players were optimistic when it came to penalty shoot-outs, ES Sétif’s goalkeeper held his ground though.”
The former Villarreal manager was satisfied with the way his players performed: “They prepared well for this game and exerted a lot of effort during the match”.
The 32-year-old striker scored a spectacular goal in the 94th minute in a similar fashion to his injury-time goal in the CAF Confederation Cup final in December.
Nevertheless, his equalizer did little to affect the end result of the match.
Meteb has complete faith in his club: “Al Ahly do not know the word ‘despair’. Al Ahly can compete and win trophies again,” he said.
Furthermore, Meteb added that he did not start the match as he has been suffering from the flu.
The Black Eagles’ coach had some comments of his own following the coronation.
“Al Ahly surprised me in the second half by the excellent physical effort. In addition to the good tactics on the sides, they were able to equalize,” said Madoui.
“We played a tough match against a strong opponent. The latter’s spirits were raised after the equalizer, but we know that penalties depend on luck, and we were lucky.”
According to Madoui, Trezeguet was the player who gave the most effort: “I asked the players not to allow him any space,” he said.
Former Al Ahly players – and Gedo – also took to Twitter, offering their responses to the match.
‘El Majico’ was satisfied by the Reds’ performance and offered his congratulations to the country which has a special place in his heart.
“Great performance Ahly, hard luck. Congratulations Algeria,” he tweeted.
أداء كبير يا أهلي هارد لك..مبروك للجزائر
— AbouTrika Official (@trikaofficial) February 21, 2015
Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’
Gedo, who seemed proud of his team, also shared his thoughts on Twitter saying: “The team showed a strong personality on the pitch despite the loss. We were the better team during the whole match; however the better team does not always win.”
The former Ahly right-back also tweeted: “A superb performance, you deserved to win. Whatever God wills happens.”
اداء مشرف للرجاله والله كُنتُم احق بالفوز ولكن قدر الله ما شاء فعل
— Ahmed Fathi (@AhmedFathi) February 21, 2015
The Sporting Lisbon centre-back and former Ahly player showed his passion for the Red Castle in his tweet: “The greatest club, the ‘Spirit of the Red Shirt’ till the last minute. Thank God; penalty shootouts can not be predicted,” he Tweeted.
اعظم نادى و لى اخر لحظه رجاااله روح الفانله الحمرا الحمد لله ضربات الترجيح ملهاش كبير
— RamiRabiaa6 (@RamiRabiaa) February 21, 2015
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